4 Best Gun Belts for Concealed Carry & Range [2019]

Looking for the perfect gun belt for concealed carry and the range?

One that’s sturdy to hold a loaded handgun PLUS mags…but isn’t so tactical that it gives you away?

Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness
Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness (Top to Bottom: Relentless Tactical, CrossBreed, CrossBreed, Daltech)

We’ve got you covered with some of the top brands out there.  We’ve worn them for CCW, at the range, and during competitions.

Now let’s get started!

Best CCW Gun Belts
Best CCW Gun Belts (L to R, Daltech, CrossBreed, CrossBreed, Relentless Tactical)

Updated with some nylon belts too!

Best Gun Belts

1. Daltech Bull Belt

The Daltech Bull Beltwas the thickest of all (by my guess of 50%) and I have no doubt will stand up to years of use and abuse.  Price is fair too.

CCW Gun Belt Thickness
CCW Gun Belt Thickness (L to R, Daltech, CrossBreed, CrossBreed, Relentless Tactical)

If you’re looking for the toughest belt out there to carry A LOT of gear or if you’re really ROUGH on your kit…go for the Bull Belt.

The leather is nice and stitching is also very strong looking.  No one will be able to tell it’s a gun belt.  The sizing is also easy to figure out…add 2″ to your normal belt size.

Heavy Duty Gun Belt
35
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

But keep in mind that because it was so thick it sort of felt like I had a small hula hoop around me when I walked.  The feeling went away as I got used to it.

So maybe it’s not the best pick if you’re simply carrying CCW and a mag.  But if you’re looking at a 3-Gun competition where your belt has to hold a loaded pistol, rifle mags, pistol mags, AND shotgun shells…you can’t go wrong.

2. Crossbreed Holsters Belt

I really like Crossbreed Holsters (see my Best Concealed Carry Holsters) so I wanted to check out their belts as well.

I ended up getting two of their models, the Executive with a standard buckle.

75
at Crossbreed

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

And the Crossover.

90
at Crossbreed

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Again, the leather was great and so was the stitching.  I’m sure with their leather-backed holsters they’ve got that part down.

It’s less thick than the Daltech so it didn’t feel like I was wearing something super sturdy around my waist.  I went with 2″ above my normal pants size.

Pricing is steeper, especially for the Crossover…but you’re paying for a more polished look.  I especially like the small CB logo on the Executive.

Executive Belt Logo
Executive Belt Logo

But…for the first few days I wore either…it CREAKED like no other.  It settled down after about a week and I get the feeling I could have put some leather oil on it to help.  But I felt like a rusty tinman for a while.

If a sleek look isn’t a priority…their slightly more affordable Classic belt might be for you.

60
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Relentless Tactical

One of my first “stealth” looking gun belts I got to test out CCW holsters.  I chose the Relentless Tactical Belt since it has impeccable ratings on Amazon.  At the time of writing it has 2800+ reviews at an average of 5 stars.

Best CCW Belt
60
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It’s almost indistinguishable from a normal belt except that it’s much sturdier and could hold a loaded handgun and two mags on the side with ease.

Its the thinnest of the bunch so it fits the bill for something more comfortable for people who are CCW-ing.  I got one 4″ above my normal waist-size.  The drop-down ordering tool helps you out immensely.

Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness
Best CCW Gun Belts, Thickness (Top to Bottom: Relentless Tactical, CrossBreed, CrossBreed, Daltech)

The Relentless Belt is what I would recommend for a no-frills concealed carry belt that can do some double-duty at the range or competitions.

Still going strong 2+ years…

Readers' Ratings

4.89/5 (228)

Your Rating?

4. Blue Alpha Gear

If you don’t want to go leather and want the super simple and effective COBRA buckle…we’ve been hearing about Blue Alpha Gear for quite some time now.

Blue Alpha Gear EDC Belts
Blue Alpha Gear EDC Belts

Now we have them in hand and are trying them out for EDC, range, and competition use.  So far so good!

Our favorite one is the Hybrid Cobra EDC.  What makes it Hybrid?

Blue Alpha Gear, Cobra vs Hybrid
Blue Alpha Gear, Cobra (Gray) vs Hybrid (Brown)

The female end of the Cobra buckle is smaller to fit through “normal” pants.  This makes it a lot easier if you’re not sporting tactical 5.11 pants all day long.

69
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

But if you are sporting thicker belt loop pants…you can’t go wrong with the more robust feeling regular Cobra EDC Belt.

59.97
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Lastly…if the buckle is too thick and you want a simple nylon EDC belt that won’t warp…try out their Low Profile version.

34.97
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Conclusion

There you have it…our roundup of some sweet concealed carry belts.

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Which one did you choose?  Or do you have another candidate for the best-concealed carry belt?  And if you don’t have a go-to holster yet…check out our Best Holsters for Concealed Carry.

40 Leave a Reply

  • Dave Workman

    Good article but if you really want s great belt one that may last you for years of hard use, and can serve as a defense tool, check out Lenwoods Blunt Force Belt. I work construction and I have worn this belt everyday for over a year and it looks brand new. It's super comfortable, super tough, it's stays in place and the guys who make these belts are great guys. I pair it with all styles of holsters and it works great. When I put it on in the morning I don't think about it til I take it off that night.

    1 month ago
  • Ginero Olson

    I went with a Kore Essentials gun belt and it matches every great review I’ve seen about it. Couldn’t find a complaint about it. I use it for EDC and work as well. Now I can never go back to any other style belt

    2 months ago
  • David

    Saddleback leather makes great belts. One in particular called the Leather Tow Belt. Extremely heavy duty, can hold up the largest of firearms and also a 100 year warranty. The warranty card says “They will fight over it when you are dead”

    3 months ago
  • Jim Black

    I recently bought the Kore x1 tactical belt and so far, it has been way better than my friction based web belts. No rolling, tighten it and it stays set. I'm thinking about buying their more formal leather one for work and church.

    5 months ago
  • J. Morrison

    What's your thoughts on the ccw belts with the strip of steel in between ??

    6 months ago
    • Ed

      I'v got a Bigfoot belt, with the stainless insert. 14 oz. and very sturdy. I use it for SP 101, Charter Professional, EAA Witness (both polymer and Stainless), and small pistols down to a Sig 938. Some times I just use it to hold my pants up. It will hold a stout load (pistol, leather holster, twin magazine pouch, and a belt knife, all without twisting or sagging. I sometimes use the 14 oz. Hank's Belt, also 1.5" and it works very well also.

      1 week ago
  • Jeffrey

    Over 20 years Ive owned at least a dozen gun belts or more from different makers. You name it, I tried it but nothing beats my new Kore gun belt with the new track system. It's like no other belt. It fits like a glove, is very comfortable, plenty stiff and there is no sag. I need all that because I carry most days IWB with Glock. it's just that good and I don't know why its not on this list, maybe its too new of a thing or too progressive for this review.

    6 months ago
    • Geo

      Great belt, better than the ones on on the list. Has anyone ever considered or used a MTR Holster? Very good selection and options , Custom made for any gun you want to carry and exceptional carry comfort.

      2 months ago
  • Matt Hill

    I would include Kore gun belts on this list. I have been carrying guns concealed for many years now and one of my most important tools is my gun belt. It has to be strong and reliable for every day wear while staying stylish. I was recommended Kore gun belts after my last leather gun belt wore out. I was intrigued by the track system and thought the idea of being able to adjust the belt so easily any time was convenient. I have now been wearing the belt every day for a few weeks and its great. The belt looks stylish, is easy to adjust and most importantly it is a sturdy, strong, reliable gun belt. It is not a belt that just calls itself a "gun belt" without actual meeting those standards. It's now my go to edc belt.

    7 months ago
  • conrad

    Come on Snowflakes, must you re-discover the wheel when the answers were forged 30 years ago? Give me any one of those belts and I'll wear it to change the oil in 2 vehicles, and what do you get(?) a scratched up belt, big time. Now go get any of those belts in shark skin and 10 years later that bad boy will be worn but show no signs of abuse, only use.

    9 months ago
  • jp64

    Bullhide Belts. Best ones I've found and you can custom order any variation you might want from plain, non-stitched to a Revere Buckle and tooling. I've got 3 and they will last years.

    9 months ago
  • Marek

    Hi Eric, I am Marek snd I want to say a big Thank you for your great reviews, hints and dozen of interesting information posted on your web. Really appreciated! Please go on! Marek

    9 months ago
  • Marc Haughaboo

    Hank's Belts are the best! You really need to include them in your next review.

    1 year ago
  • David K.

    I have had several makes of gun belts over the years, but in the last 3 years I have started to buy Hank's Belts and I am very happy with the quality and customer service. They really take care of their customers, even when I purchased an incorrect size they exchanged the belt at no charge after owning the belt for over a month and using it.... Hanks thinks customer first. I got on their mailing list and get emails on specials when they have them.

    1 year ago
    • David L

      Great to hear about Hanks! They've always come highly recommended.

      1 year ago
  • Connor H

    Do you guys have any experience with Kore gun belts? They look interesting, with a ratcheting buckle system rather than traditional holes.

    1 year ago
    • David

      Just got my belt in the mail this evening. Granted I haven't tested it much, but I love the look and feel. Seems like a solid belt. Taking the weight of my 1911A1 GI with ease.

      1 year ago
      • Connor H

        Well great, if it’ll hold up a 1911 it’ll hold up just about anything! My waist size tends to fluctuate a bit, so I love the idea of a belt with more adjustability than just 1 inch holes. Please let me know how that one does for you. Also, I like the “normal dress belt” look, as some of the gun belts out there really scream “this guy frequently carries something heavy at his waist”. They seem like a well-liked company from their reviews, and their belts are going in and out of stock all the time.

        1 year ago
    • David

      I use a ratcheting buckle belt as my dress belt and absolutely love it, but I never knew that there was someone using that system for a gun belt. Thanks for letting us know! I think I'll pick one up and test it out.

      1 year ago
  • Frank H

    The first belt i bought was the Daltec Bull belt, What i didnt like was the thickness and only worked with jeans and was not compatible with any dress pants. My favorite belt is the the Mag Pul Empresario. It has the reinforcement, rigidity without being excessively thick.

    1 year ago
  • Daniel

    I've purchased 3 different Klik Belts and I'll never wear anything else.

    1 year ago
  • Dave

    I have 2 Daltech BULLBELTS and they are very nice. I got them on Amazon for just over $30 each. My particular size and color was discounted for some reason while the others were $60. Certain other colors were also discounted. There is a company called $30 Gun Belt that is located in the same place that Daltech is located and the belts look identical. I suspect that they may be one in the same but they don't offer as many options as Daltech, They are basic 1/4" thick gun belts that appear to be identical to some of the Daltech belts advertising the same thickness, buckle and quality. so have a look at the Thirty Dollar Gun Belt company for a serious gun belt for a mere $30! Or check out Daltech on Amazon for discounted belts too. You can also find steel reinforced gun belts by Daltech on ebay at discounted prices too.

    1 year ago
  • JRace

    I have found the best quality and price is a Daltech gun belt. And they all are made in the great USA.

    1 year ago
  • marc seals

    Having owned the Relentless and 2 of the Alien gear belts (brown and black) I prefer the Alien Gear belts. The Aliens are slightly thicker and more sturdy as well. Fit and finish seem to be slightly better as well.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Cool, thanks for your input!

      2 years ago
  • T F

    I went with the CrossBreed Executive mainly for the reason I wanted something I could wear into a casual business meeting as well as wear with jeans. I've had it for a little over two weeks now or so and it is doing just fine. Yeah it was a bit stiff and creaked a bit at first, but just like any leather it has a break in period. Sure you pay a bit more for the aesthetics, but made clear in the product description. I'm very happy with the product even with the higher price point.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Great to hear you like the Executive!

      2 years ago
  • Timothy J

    Eric, Why no comparison with the Alien Gear belt since you also included a review of the Cloak 3 holster in this article. They alsodiscount if you order one with your holster and offer the same test drive option?

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Timothy, just didn't have one! But if the quality is on par with their holsters it should be fine.

      2 years ago
  • Alex D.

    I agree screws can fall out but we use them also. on some of our belts here at Daltech. They are strong and allow changing the buckle. We tighten them tight when we assembly the belt AND we also include an extra free screw in each belt we ship out in case one is lost. As for the thickness of belts it really is personal preference. If you choose a standard Daltech Force gun belt or our SuperBIO the thickness is more conventional at 12-14 ounces which is right around 3/16" thick. If you choose our BULLBELT gun belt or a non-dress Steel Core you will get a thicker 15-17 ounce or 1/4" plus thickness. Thanks!, Alex, Daltech Force

    2 years ago
  • Jim

    I had a nice 5.11 leather belt, but the screw hardware fell apart (somewhere while I was wearing it) and the onus was on me to find & photograph the missing screw & retainer. Suffice to say, I bought a different brand and left it at that.

    2 years ago
  • Brian

    I disagree that the thickest belt means it's the best concealed carry belt, just like the biggest gun isn't the best concealed carry weapon. If it doesn't fit comfortably or is too bulky, you won't want to wear it. Unless you wear baggy jeans/pants every day that have huge loops/room for those giant thick belts, you can't wear those thick belts. If you wear dress pants everyday as I do, you can't fit giant Santa Claus belts through the loops once, let alone twice as the belt goes through the 1st one or two loops again after it passes through the buckle. So if I can't wear a thick belt 5-6 days a week because it doesn't even fit the pants I wear, how is that a good belt if I can't wear it a majority of the time? I recently purchased 2 Kore Essentials belts for this exact reason, something that 1st is a strong belt, then looks good/normal, and fits pants I wear most days of the week and it works perfectly. Just 1-2 pairs of my pants have loops that it doesn't fit in, but that's way better than the thick police belts that wouldn't fit in a single pair of my pants other than my weekend jeans, casual cargo shorts, etc

    2 years ago
  • Alex D.

    The belt in the review is actually our daltechforce.com Ultimate Thickness BULLBELT. The review is correct in that it is our heaviest gun belt. Our SuperBIO gun belt is another belt in our line-up that is a thinner non-leather tactical belt and resists all elements. Sorry for the confusion. Alex D, Daltech Force

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Alex, thanks for the heads up...fixed!

      2 years ago
  • Scott

    Magpul has a great line of gun belts that I've used since they rolled them out. They have everything from basic utilitarian belts to more 'dressy' ones made of shark skin, and they all support my EDC exactly as I need it. Not crazy stiff, but definitely not too flimsy to hold a holstered weapon and extra mags. No signs of wear after 2 years..

    2 years ago
  • Terry Cook

    I was surprised not to see Bigfoot gun belts on the list. Their steel core makes very sturdy long lasting cow. Belt. Terryc

    2 years ago
  • Steve

    I have two tac belts from Beltman. They have held up very well over the seven years I've owned them. One is worn daily. It shows some wear on the edges, but remains stiff and very functional for IWB, The other belt is worn 12-14 times per year and still looks brand new. In addition to positive online reviews, the option of velcro for my Crossbreed IWB with velcro clips was a key selling point.. The only downside is the cost ($80 when I obtained them, closer to $90 now), but I suppose you get what you pay for.

    2 years ago
  • Nick

    I use Kore also. Tracline belts are great!

    2 years ago
  • Michael Brant

    I use a Kore Essentials. Love it and will use no other.

    2 years ago
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